Losing my 7-card stud virginity
Heeding the advice of the great and powerful Felicia that Stud can be a +EV game if played well, I’ve been playing some 5 and 7-card Stud on line at fairly low limits. So when I walked into the President Casino and found a waiting list 23 people long for Hold Em, while there were only three people waiting to play 7-card Stud, I added my name to both lists.
As expected, my name was called less than 25 minutes later for 8 handed 7-card Stud. The game had an interesting structure. There was no anti and the bring-in bet was a mere $2, but $2-$6 could be bet at any time so there were often a lot of limpers. In the game were 3 elderly rocks, a tight playing young guy who knew the game and how to make money, and three players who were chasing anything marginal to the river.
My favorite player however was Bring-In Guy. It seemed like he was the bring-in bet every other hand and if he was the bring-in, he was staying in. I bet a pair of queens (one up and one in the hole) on the flop, the turn, and the river with him showing a small pair and no over cards to my queen and he checked and called and said, “I have to see the queens.”
I was happy to show them to him.
Incidentally, the spread was $2-$6 and I could bet anywhere in that range, but I only bet less than the maximum one time. If they were going to pay me off, I wanted the full amount. The only time I bet less was when I had pocket 10’s with three overcards showing on the board. I raised to $5 to narrow the field and everyone folded so I only won the bring-in and one limper. I’m still not sure if I played that right, but I won $4.
There were three memorable hands. I played A4-5 suited, paired my five and then made a straight with two callers who both thought they hand me dominated with a higher set or higher two pair. The comment, “Wow, I didn’t see that,” earned me a great table image and later allowed me to get everyone to fold betting a pair of seven’s with four diamonds showing.
Again, just like in Hold Em two days prior, I had rolled up ducks and a third showing when I paired my 5’s for a full house that beat out a straight and a flush for a very nice pot.
I also developed a good read on most of the players and when I bet a pair of aces and an older gentleman raised with a pair of 10’s showing on forth street, I laid my aces down face up. He showed a hidden pair of queens and the young, solid player next to me went on and on about what a great lay down it was. I thought it was pretty easy.
The only bad call I think I made came after I checked my pair of queens and a new player, a woman with no pair showing bet into me. She had three hearts showing and I knew she had the flush, but I paid her off. I don’t think a lot of women bluff for $6. Bad call.
I avoided any bad beats and made a total of $105 for a little over two hours of play, which comes out to about 9 big bets per hour. When my name came up for Hold Em, I passed.
I should probably send Felicia ten percent, but I don’t have a mailing address so maybe I’ll just buy her the drink of her choice in Las Vegas if her health allows her to attend the blogger’s tournament.
An interesting side note: Felicia told me her mother started this poker room.
Thanks for reading.